You may or may not already be aware that I love Leeds, my home city. Lets be honest, you probably are aware because I don’t shut up about how great it is. Joe and I frequently take ourselves off for a little night away in Leeds, even though we only live a 20 minute drive out of the city, because there’s just constantly so much on offer.
Our most recent stay? The incredible Dakota Deluxe.
If you have an excellent memory, you may remember Joe and I stayed at the Dakota Deluxe hotel for his birthday last July, not long after the hotel had opened. A few weeks ago, we were contacted by the hotel to see if we’d like a complimentary stay in exchange for a review and, we loved it so much the first time we couldn’t wait to come back. Especially seeing as it was around our anniversary!
And if you’re a big lover of hotel stays like I am, you’re going to want to add this one to your list.
As a bit of a background, the Dakota Deluxe is the first hotel of the chain to make it’s way over the Scottish border (and I *think* they’re opening another in Manchester soon). As soon as you make your way towards the door, it just oozes luxury. An incredibly slick, all-black exterior with touches of gold definitely gives a bit of a jaw drop moment, especially as the main entrance is a little hidden away – it feels a bit like you’ve stumbled upon a secret location.
As soon as you walk through the first set of sliding doors, you feel like you’ve entered a totally different world. It has a dark, moody vibe that encapsulates and relaxes as soon as you walk in. When we arrived, chilled background music and the faint smell of scented candles filled the lobby and it added a surprising amount to the luxury vibe of the hotel.
We were greeted by friendly staff, who offered to hold our bags whilst we wandered around Leeds, We were a little early for check-in and had booked in to see The Greatest Showman (side note: SUCH A GOOD FILM) in just under an hour’s time, so we were assured our bags would be in our room when we returned.
We had a mooch around the city, did some shopping, went to the cinema, had some drinks and treated ourselves to a Red’s True BBQ for dinner before heading back to our room.
When we got back (around 9:30pm) we were greeted by the friendliest guys you could ever hope to meet (another reason I love Leeds) and told we had a complimentary dinner available with our stay, if we wanted to head down to the restaurant. Nobody had actually communicated this with us before now, and we were stuffed full with burgers and sweet potato fries, so they really kindly offered to send us up some deserts to our room. And let me tell you, if the food at the restaurant is anywhere near as good as those deserts – I need to head there for a meal STAT.
If you’re interested, Bee wrote a review on the hotel restaurant that has my mouth watering and my finger hovering over the ‘book a table’ button…
I also want to add a little about the bar. Although we didn’t take a trip during this visit, we did on our last visit and I’ve been since with friends. It’s a gorgeous place with even more gorgeous drinks – if you ever get a chance to visit I would 100% recommend! Especially in summer – the views from the conservatory over Greek Street are just beautiful.
Our room at the Dakota Deluxe is probably my favourite hotel room I’ve ever stayed in. Minus the room at our hotel in Rhodes, although I don’t think a hotel in Leeds city centre could ever compete with a swim up room in the Greek heat…
The rooms at Dakota Deluxe Leeds are the epitome of luxury. With a full Sky TV package, a bluetooth sound system, huge windows with views over Leeds, plush soft furnishings and the most comfortable bed you could ever hope to sleep in, you won’t want to leave your room during your stay.
Honestly, I’ve never slept so well in my entire life. It took every ounce of willpower in my body to get out of that huge, marshmallow bed the next morning.
The bathroom is also something to soak up every second of. Although it doesn’t have a bath (which is usually a must-have in a hotel for me) the shower makes up for it. It is the most beautiful shower – I wanted to stay in the shower as long as I wanted to stay in the bed. And it’s one of the only hotel showers I haven’t struggled to turn on because it’s powered by buttons (is it just me that thinks this is super cool and high tech??) instead of standard dials.
If you were watching my Instagram Stories during our stay, you’ll have seen we loved the room so much we ended up getting an early night in, opening some wine and watching Batman V Superman on Sky Movies from bed. Personally, I think it’s a sign of a good hotel when you’d rather spend the night in bed than go out on the town. And when I asked the question, a lot of you agreed with me!
Even though we didn’t manage to eat an evening meal in the restaurant, we did get to have breakfast!
I was in two minds regarding the breakfast, as last time we stayed at the Dakota Deluxe I didn’t really enjoy it. I put it down to it still being fairly new, and the good news is I think I was right as this time it couldn’t have been more different.
The selection of continental options was incredible, and the food from the menu was delicious. It took me a while to decide, but I ended up going with the traditional Yorkshire breakfast and Joe chose the crushed avocado, tomato & poached egg on toasted sourdough. They were both gorgeous and if I could eat it every morning, I happily would!
The Dakota Deluxe is simply the most wonderful hotel I’ve ever stayed in. The staff, the food, the drinks, the rooms, everything. There are some wonderful hotels in Leeds, but the Dakota Deluxe really does stand out because of it’s unique style and luxurious vibe. It’s really nice to have something that feels so upmarket and like such a treat.
If you’re looking for a little bit of luxury right in the centre of Leeds, this is your place. I’d especially recommend it for a girly night, or a romantic evening.
Now, when can I book another stay?
*Our stay at the Dakota Deluxe Leeds was complimentary in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information.